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Kim Hyun-joong’s Playful (almost) Kiss

The first stills of Playful Kiss gave us the bickering side to the main couple’s relationship, so now it’s time for some skinship! Well, almost skinship as the leads, Kim Hyun-joong and Jung So-min, tease us with this almost-kiss.

I’ve said it before, but they do really look cute together. (I’m approaching the drama with optimism, honest! Wary optimism, but still hopeful.)

Jung So-min said that she still gets stuck calling him “Hyun-joong sunbae-nim,” which is the polite way to address her elder. She added that she’s working to meld her character, who is not too bright and chases after her crush (who is her complete opposite), with the character of the original. (Although, judging from people’s comments, hopefully she finds a way to avoid the annoying aspects of the role and brings out the appealing side.)

Playful Kiss airs on September 1.

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All of a sudden, I find myself rooting for KHJ. I expect no disappointment

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i'm very excited for it, but i really don't even have expectations anymore. i just wish the drama and its cast and crew good luck.

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lol i smell a lot of site-crashing when this wave hits. :D BOF times were awesome though :P

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This is going to be popular!!! Hit? No doubt even the haters will be curious... Kim Hyin Joong fighting!!!!

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Seriously y r the producers torturing us by showing these pics...already the wait, the anticipation and the excitement is driving me nuts and on top of it, these super cute pics....hwaaaaaa!!! KHJ is looking too good! ♥♥♥

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@ Mel: ooops i didn mean to reply to ur post :P

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With these stills alone, I have a feeling that Jung So-min will be the better actor. Simply looking at her expression and even her fingers, she knows how to act eager yet endearing instead of simple desperation...

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Aw~ KHJ wears his subconscience well. ^ m ^

JSM is looking more attractive every photo session.

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They do look cute... Wary optimism is the right word. Well, I WILL be giving this a fair chance when it comes out but I won't be harboring any expectations. And yeah, I sure hope Jung So-min can bring out an appealing side of her character and PLEASE no exaggerated face distortions to get some kind of message across (aka Jan-Di <__<)

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KYAAAH... reminds me of the original poster for ISWAK where joe cheng and ariel lin almost kissed too (iswak is the tdrama version of playful kiss).. im super excited for september 1! not because im a fan of khj but because i loved the original manga/ story. well, let's hope for the best!

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I read in another article, the concept of this photo is touch or no touch (to kiss or not too kiss). So cute, their pose really hit the concept!!

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I'll be b*tchy again, but to me, it just looks like he fell asleep. Ahaha. Sorry, but I haven't seen one photo, video or performance of this guy that I like.

And with the 13-years-older mother in the game, the quality is dropping like mad.

I guess I'll give the first couple of episodes a chance though. Only because it's Itazura na Kiss, which I love.

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They look good together! Ahhh I'm anticipating this.
Oh I'm enjoying the Guilty Panties posts LOLs.

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i watched both the japanese and taiwan versions and i loved arjoe's version. with the jdrama version, i actually liked the manga better than the live drama. hope this korean version will also be great.
it better not be a replay of what they did to hanayori dango/meteor garden --> bof.
can't wait!!!

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oh, speaking of guilty, it's like jung so min is guilty kissing a statue-like KHJ, i love the smile shows in her eyes and mouth even its side view only.
hwaiting excitedly for this drama humor but i hope they will have a less stupid-embarassing-annoying for the lead girl

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excitedly waiting for this drama and don't know why...barely tolerated the taiwanese version and not a Jihoo fangirl too...though really loved the anime...hope this version will something fresh and addicting

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I watched a couple of interviews and things with him and I can't decide whether it's his schtick to act all awkward and standoffish with girls, or whether he just really is that awkward.

Still cute, though.

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That's the real him, if ur a follower of Ss501 and Khj in particular, u will know that it's his natural attitude. Watch him in We Got Married with Hwang Bo and u will know what I'm talking about.

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Actually, that was what I had watched some of which made me wonder... Naturally he adopts a bit of a persona, but how much of it ties back to his genuine personality? But then, I guess that's a stupid question to ask of a celebrity. It's just he was as closed off in this interview as well that it made me wonder.

If it's an act then I guess he is a good actor after all. Heh.

But if he really is that awkward I guess it also explains some of his acting. But - he's a celebrity, why would he be restrained/shy?

Or maybe he is just playing up his natural traits with the whole awkward-around-girls thing.

/thinkingaboutstupidthingstoomuch

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MBC just published the official site of Playful Kiss:
http://www.imbc.com/broad/tv/drama/kiss/index.html
yeah, mostly the pics with the ugly brown uniforms..
But I think they got all the character's expression right.
Cant wait for this drama, KHJ and JSM really look soo cute together!
I love the manga, the anime, and ISWAK, so I think this drama won't disappoint me no matter how it is.
Especially coz Hyun Joong is in it ^^

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Awww I love the photo of the two brothers. So cute. :D

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I cannot wait!!! Again! Too many dramas! Doesn't help that school starts soon. >_<
I am excited to see Jung So Min's acting and anticipate Kim Hyun Joong's hopefully-improved acting.

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Late to the party, but have to say that when it came to cracking up at all the guilty panties comments...I'm guilty as charged! ...pun intended.

Will definitely try the first ep of this to see at least if it's going to be (a) hot (mess?). One can always hope!

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cant help but laugh to the guilty panties comments!

well, they really look cute together, just hoping for the best for playful kiss coz i really love the taiwanese version and the manga.

im approaching this drama with optimism, hope its worth it!

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Ha! It looked like guilty parties to me! Guilty panties is a much better idea, though.

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Does anyone know where I can read the full Manga? I want to read it before I watch the drama. :D

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excited!!! :) September 1, please COME!!! :)

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wow!!! thanks for the news!!! :)

excited to watch it! :)

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His vest says Guilty Parties

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I tried to post my question on my holiday where I had a very bad internet connection....!

I dont know whether it was sent or not, as I cant remember any more where I sent it...

But still...my quorisity goes on, so I want to ask Javabeans again.

Dear Sara, have you watched the taiwanese versions (both !) and/or the japanese version of Playful Kiss ????

Maybe also the anime (which is quit godd)... ?

I ask, because there are so man comparings, espacially to ISWAK and TKA, I would like to read your opinion about the drama-plot and acting performances, espacially Joe Chen and of Ariel Lin. Because as like the most commenters here, I am also going to (unavoidable) to compare the acting of this drama with all the versions we have watched before...

Well I dont know, but I think if you are going to recap this drama, you should have also the insight to all versions of this drama, as we love to read your recapping, insights and comments for the dramas.

Well this are 2 questions now :)

Have watched the former versions of Playful Kiss ?

Will you recap Playful Kiss for us ?
(If yes, I will watch it definatelly !)

I hope these questions will not annoy you as it is not my intention to do so

best regards

edit: I get used to this new format of your site, which was a little shcok to see it after my holiday...so I start to like it :)
Nevertheless, a great job has been done here as I know how difficulty it is on the tecnical level to transform a website :)

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I hope these Korean actors can deliver esp the required kiss. After all it is Itazura na Kiss. I've seen the Taiwanese version and my oh my their kisses were exciting electrifying and sweet. Again i hope these Korean actors will have the same intensity and will not act awkwardly with their kissing scenes. After all they are actors.

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OMG , im a jelous fangirl right now
the pic is cute, they have chemistry, they can pass a real couple

looking forward for this drama

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Seriously - I, too, stared at that picture for ages thinking, "Surely that vest can't say what I think it says...surely it can't..." So glad to know I am not alone!!!!

Also, they said they worked for a really long time figuring out exactly how to pose this, and I think they did pretty well with it. She looks completely adorkable, and all I can seem to stare at is his waist (the boy is looking fine!!) - not sure that was the point, but it's definitely effective!

Seems like this photo reflects the images I've seen from the manga series pretty well - hope the drama really is as enjoyable as it could be!

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Omigoshh! They are so cute! Can't Wait!

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Why r so many netizens worrying about ths drama and 'approaching it with wary optimism'? Just relax,be happy and anticipate a snobbish Prince KHJ we've never watched on screen b4. And with dark hair..yeay! If there r many teasing moments like ths photo in the drama,i'd better prepare my heart medication..LOL

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Hi!
I absolutely loved the anime version and have the ringtone set in my phone. I do hope they deliver.. got high expectations..
I will enjoy it whatever, hope the leading lady will notbe as exaggerated as the previous predecessors.
Thanks a lot for this pretty picture..

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ROFL abt the guilty panties!!!

Am looking fwd to this drama too I loved the ISWAK & TKA, for the Japanese I prefer the anime version to the live action.....so am really looking fwd to see what they make of this....n like some one else commented the chemistry btw Jo chen & Ariel was good especially the kissing scenes.....come september!

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I confess I hadnt seen ISWAK or the second part..so I found it and watched it...after getting past the first few episodes..I see what the deal is...I quite liked it. Now I am looking for the Japanese version...for some reason I always take to the J versions...but we will see....

My one wish is this: that Playful Kiss not just meet the mark but surpasses it...why? because so far the dramas that had so much going for them have fallen flat. Bad Guy just got the shaft all the way around so it gets a pass....but so far the others have just been phoned in by the writers not so much the actors.

Happy Wednesday! and I do like the photo! *smile*

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Ah! Someone mentioned the anime version and I've watched that one too. I love all the versions so I hope to love this version too! ;) I think I'll still love the Taiwan vs. best but this looks really cute. I wish it'd air before summer ends...this year will be one hectic one. Anyone know who will be subbing it, besides viikii members?

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I can't waiiiiit!!!

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LOVELOVELOVE. Can't wait.

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the intimate pic is really interesting..i hope hyunjoong this time can manage his awkwardness towards the girl..it's pity since they are really good looking together. i can see this pic as a real couple..hope it will become a big hit on sept 1, 2010! triple s don't miss this event as what khj said "weds-thurs lock in"!!!!

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.yah. i agree,, looks like they have great chemistry..
.cant wait for this drama to show out..!! :)

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Well, I pretty sure that I will end up watching this and "liking it"-- as I have a soft spot for idol dramas, esp those adapted from mangas and have multiple versions from different countries. BOF, for example, - totally botched up but I still enjoyed watching it. I am curious about the leading lady and how she will come across... but I think she'll do a fine enough job with it.

KHJ -- fighting!!! I don't think I will be disappointed in his portrayal as I have very low expectations for him. I think he can exceed my expectations.

Sept 1 -- can't wait for the craziness to start. haha, but then it means that summer is over.

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woow idol sana maganda ang estorya hay exiceted na ako

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hope he like that kiss me

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Ok, its week 3 and so far we ave watched 6 episodes.....it really got me on the first one...loved it. KHJ was perfect for this part and when he play jihoo in BOF I thought this part would suit him as he needs to be detached and cold for this character to come through. i have watched both Taiwanese and Japanese versions of this drama. Though the japanese one was very good the female lead was annoyingly loud whilst the male lead was annoyingly tight lipped throughout until the very end when he suddenly mellowed. I have to say i didnt like the Taiwanese version one bit. The ending was silly and I dont think the guy should have worn a wedding dress. His character is suppposed to be proud and stand-offish.
I think this version (Korean) will be another big hit worldwide. It's already on my shopping list as well as the soundtrack. I love the mum in this drama...she is so cool and Hani's father is one of my favourite older gen actors. At the end of each episode I crave for the next one...but sadly I ahve to wait a whole week for the next one. Wonder what will happen in episode 7 and that evil girl tries to steal Seung jo

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I WANT MEET u kim hyung joong good job
i like it ... ^_^

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I DO NOT LIKE THIS DRAMA TOO MANY KISSING SCENES!! LIKE THE article written is is such a LOUSY STORYLINE!!! WHICH FAN WANT TO SEE A ALL FAMOUS Kim Hyun Joong keep open mouth kiss with that errky sulky actress?!?!?!?!?!?!Errrr...HELLO!!!??? am I the only one unglued here??!?!?!?!?!?

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